In Memoriam: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Gloria Bosman, the Talented Jazz Musician Who Touched Our Hearts

Award-winning jazz musician, composer, and songwriter, Gloria Bosman, has passed away. The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) confirmed the news to TshisaLIVE on Tuesday, but the cause of death has yet to be shared.

Recently, Bosman was appointed to Samro’s board as a non-executive director. She was born in Mofolo, in the heart of Johannesburg, and raised in Pimville, Soweto.

Bosman had two South African Music Awards (Samas) and more than 11 nominations, along with two Kora nominations. Her debut album, Tranquillity, which was released in the ’90s, earned her the prestigious award for Best Newcomer and received nominations for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Best Female Artist at the 2001 Samas.

Her album Stop and Think, which was released in the 2000s, received nominations for Best Female Artist and Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2003 Samas. Her 2004 solo album received six Sama nominations and the title of Best Female Composer.

Bosman had six albums under her belt, including Tranquillity (1999), The Many Faces of Gloria Bosman (2000/1) – which she self-produced – Stop and Think (2002), Nature Dances (2003/4), Emzini (2006), and Letters from the Heart vol.1 (2010).

She had toured the world and shared the stage with other great artists such as Sibongile Khumalo, Concord Nkabinde, Sipho Mabuse, Moses Molelekwa, Tananas, Vusi Mahlasela, Sipho Gumede, Oliver Mtukudzi, and Hugh Masekela.

  • The information has been compiled from Gloria Bosman’s website.

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